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Earth – Primitive and Deadly

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Earth is a legendary band that doesn’t really need introductions, but, as it’s my main goal to introduce great music to new listeners, I’ll talk a bit about them, as, maybe, a few people here and there haven’t heard about their great music. Earth was created in the year 1990 in the United States. And here I’ll quote Metal-Archives: “Earth are considered pioneers of drone doom and were a major influence on Sunn O))). They broke up in 1997 and re-united in 2003. Their musical style ranges from abrasive drone metal (Earth 2), to stoner rock (Pentastar) and lately, more minimalist, meditative doom with gospel and country influences.”

 

Coping with what was stated on the previous paragraph, here’s the band brief biography featured on their official Facebook page: “Earth’s music is mostly instrumental, and can be divided into two distinct stages. Their early work grew out of the Seattle-area grunge scene and is recognized as pioneering the genre of drone doom — an experimental offshoot of doom metal, characterized by droning, minimalist, lengthy, and repetitive structures. Earth’s early albums were usually recorded as a duo (Carlson and a bass guitarist), and could be seen as a variation of the experimental doom-influenced metal of The Melvins. Earth currently features a markedly different sound, slow-paced and lengthy, but now with a drummer and featuring strong elements of country music and jazz. Dylan Carlson founded the band in 1990 along with Slim Moon and Greg Babior. Carlson has remained the core of the band’s line-up throughout its changes.”

 

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Now, in 2014, Earth has released a new album named “Primitive and Deadly”. I was expecting this release with much anticipation not only because I admire Earth’s works, but also because, on the band’s Bandcamp page, a song from “Primitive and Deadly” was added, called “From The Zodiacal Light” and I was blown away. Even though the song is quite long, I must have heard it at least five times in a row.

 

As our regular readers are aware, I prefer to give a general description of the music that is featured on the album and then focus on how albums feel; which emotions it caused while I heard the songs. Well, in my humble view, Earth did it again. When I heard “Primitive and Deadly”, I felt like in a trip dream, I really forgot about all my daily problems. It feels intoxicating and hypnotic. Another interesting fact is that the songs are diverse, so, no excuse that it might be a boring experience. It’s not at all! Well, at least in my modest opinion, of course. The music should be classified, just to give you an idea of the sound, as a psychedelic rock with drone and doom influences. It’s beautiful, stunning, a true work of art. The production of the “Primitive and Deadly” is impressive, completing the extraordinary work of the musicians. All I urge now is to you to support Earth, a band that is highly creative and efficient when creating their remarkable and profound anthems.

 

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Take care.

 

Grade: 9,8/10

 

Band: Earth

 

Album: Primitive and Deadly (2014)

 

Label: Southern Lord Recordings

 

Tracklist:

 

1. Torn by the Fox of the Crescent Moon

2. There Is a Serpent Coming

3. From the Zodiacal Light

4. Even Hell Has Its Heroes

5. Rooks Across the Gate

 

Earth is:

 

Dylan Carlson – Guitars

Adrienne Davies – Drums

Karl Blau – Bass

 

Official Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thronesanddominions

 

Official Bandcamp: http://earthsl.bandcamp.com/album/primitive-and-deadly

 

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January 15, 2015

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